I'm a "themey" kinda girl.
Just ask my co-workers. There has to be a theme for all of our events.
Just ask my class participants. Each class has to have a theme and sometimes I make the participants guess the theme and tonight was one of those nights.
Here's a portion of tonight's playlist: Summer Nights, You're the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Beauty School Dropout, Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee, We Go Together and Sandy.
What's the theme?
Strong Women Thursday night class - after class a participant was lamenting to me about how her knees and hips just don't work like they used to and how she's had surgery and needs more and she says, "I bet I'm the oldest person in this class." I told her that she's only as old as she feels and as I'm talking she bends over at the waist and touches the floor, raises back up and says I'll be 80 next year. I was shocked, she doesn't look 80 and what flexibility she had. She claimed it was due to her Tai Chi classes.
Way to go! Keep up the good work!
"British Invasion" was the answer. "What music would you like to hear during next week's Strong Women class?" was the question. Oh, my goodness, I had no idea how powerful music was. It totally changed the class atmosphere in Monday night's class. Two ladies afterwards told me how they knew every song I played and how it transcended them back into their earlier days. Ladies were singin', groovin' and tellin' me to turn up the volume.
Has music ever made a difference for you? Tell me how it did in the comment section below.
Taught 15-15-15 Core for MSCR (Madison School Community Recreation) last night, had 13 participants and guess who was in the class? Janet and Phil from the home page. I haven't taught classes on the East side of Madison for about a year so it's been about that long since I've seen them. They're still looking GREAT! AND... another participant that I haven't seen in about 2 years, Patrice. She's looking great and glad to have her back!
Tonight Strong Women classes started again. There were a lot of new faces, but they did great! We did several exercises with ankle weights and hand weights and strengthened those ab and back muscles.
Since the first day of summer is June 21, the music theme was Summertime and some of the songs in the playlist: Let the Sunshine, Hot Summer Nights, Hot Stuff, Summer of '69, Vacation, The Boys of Summer, and Summer Nights.
I hope that you can get outside and enjoy the first day of summer!
To celebrate, patriotic music was playing in the background while we did wall sits; dumbbell T's and V's, swimming and triceps extensions. Got in some wall push-ups, squats leg lifts and side planks. Time for a little more leg & booty work: put on the leg loops and walked across the room, did some forward and backward raises and on our knees did some fire hydrants, leg lifts and knee to nose. Had some fun with the Penny Drop and Pass the Glasses.
See you next week, last class for this session.
Well, the classes are mine now. My teaching partner is moving to IA this weekend. I made participant, Pam, happy since I incorporated The Lusty Month of May into my music playlist. We were in the middle of a wall sit and she started singing. This is what makes teaching fun! We will all be feelin' the burn in our shoulders due to overhead presses and in our buns due to ankle-weighted leg lifts. Did some squats, bicep curls, triceps kick-backs, bridges, crunches , cat/cows, bird dogs and stretches.
My teaching partner was sitting outside the room and as participants left they were wishing her well in new job. Then I heard Pam say, "You picked a good replacement." She made my day! (I'll have to play The Lusty Month of May more often...)
The wellness tip - Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs. Not all carbs are bad. Do you know the difference?
Next week...patriotic theme, it's Memorial Day weekend!
It was May Day, so the music had an April Showers, Sunshine and May Flowers theme. One of the participants at the end of class asked if I'd ever heard of the song The Lusty Month of May from Camelot and she started singing it to me. I have now heard it on iTunes, and will incorporate into next year's May Day theme.
I attended, observed and participated in another instructor's class on Tuesday and her format was very similar to the Thursday class, so, I based my class on what I'd recently observed. It was tough; lots of squats, lunges, wall push-ups, overhead presses, balance work and stretches, but they did a good job. I heard lots of huffs and puffs and groaning, but heard at the end of class that it was a good workout. Was I too tough? Maybe I'll lighten up a bit in 2 weeks, when I teach again.
I am a late bloomer in the fitness world. At the age of 45 I received my group fitness instructor certification and two years later my health coaching certification.